Mugello Moto2: Lowes beats Nakagami by 0.047s to clinch pole
Sam Lowes took his third pole of the Moto2 season at Mugello as he beat closest rival Takaaki Nakagami by just 0.047s in a tight qualifying session.
The British rider lapped the Italian track in 1m51.965s to head the timesheets from Nakagami, with Lorenzo Baldassarri securing a front row start in third, just a further 0.076s back.
Forward rider Baldassarri held the top spot for a large part of the session before Lowes became the only rider to dip beneath the 1m52s to clinch pole.
Axel Pons headed the second row having qualified fourth, 0.005s behind Baldassarri and fractionally ahead of Marcel Schrotter and reigning champion Johann Zarco.
Le Mans polesitter Thomas Luthi managed only the seventh quickest time with Simone Corsi eighth, the Speed Up rider falling twice in the 45-minute session.
Championship leader Alex Rins also suffered a fall in the dying moments, finishing ninth, while Luca Marini completed the top 10 on the second Forward bike.
Marc Marquez's younger brother Alex was 14th, while 2015 Moto3 champion Danny Kent could no more than 18th, just behind MotoGP-bound Jonas Folger.
A fairly incident-free and competitive session saw the top 20 riders covered within a second of polesitter Lowes.
|8||Simone Corsi||Speed Up||1:52.321|
|19||Xavier Simeon||Speed Up||1:52.743|
|20||Julian Simon||Speed Up||1:52.754|
|26||Isaac Viñales||Tech 3||1:53.806|
|29||Xavi Vierge||Tech 3||1:54.288|
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